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Vice President Biden to Unemployed Americans: "Hang in There" 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with Yahoo! News that while the economy is starting to grow he understands it is still painful for the millions of Americans looking for work.

“The message is hang in there,” he said. “Things are coming back.”

Asked in a user-submitted question what the best “nonpolitical” thing someone can do to help turn around the economy, the vice president noted that Americans can be more conscious about their energy consumption, but then said they can also be more aware of their own physical health and well being.

“One of the major drivers of the deficit and the cost are health care costs, particularly as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid,” he said. “So one of the ways to impact…on the federal debt, on economic growth, on the cost of maintaining health care in America is don't smoke, eat healthy, do not consume junk foods.”

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